- pertaining to the regions at the foot of the Alps.
- Botany. growing on mountains below the limit of tree growth, and above the foothill, or montane, zone.
Origin of subalpine
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Examples from the Web for subalpine
John Muir expresses the belief that no other subalpine floral gardens excel Rainier's in profusion and gorgeousness.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
Among the trees are the quaking aspen, Douglas spruce, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir.Your National Parks
Enos A. Mills
Another thousand feet and the Subalpine fir replaces its two near relatives.Mount Rainier
They are found in most perfect condition in the subalpine region, at an elevation of from eight thousand to nine thousand feet.The Yosemite
Between the subalpine areas and the river valleys there are several large ancient burns which are partly reforested.The Forests of Mount Rainier National Park
Grenville F. Allen
- situated in or relating to the regions at the foot of mountains
- (of plants) growing below the treeline in mountainous regions
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